George William Russell is a young professional racing driver competing for Mercedes in Formula One. The British racer previously competed with Williams from 2019, before switching to Mercedes in 2022.
Before joining Formula One, Russell as a junior racer competed in several series. He began karting in 2006 and earned several awards before leaving in 2013. Some of these awards included the MSA British Championship, Formula Kart Stars British Championship, and Super One British Championship titles. He also won the Kartmasters British Grand Prix and the CIK-FIA European Championship and SKUSA Supernationals titles.
From 2014 to 2015, Russell competed under Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula 4. It was his time under Formula 4 wherein he won the BRDC Championship title. This was also the time when he became the youngest winner of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award. Due to these awards, he earned a Formula One test drive with McLaren and a membership to the British Racing Driver’s Club. He was also the youngest-ever recruit of the prestigious driver’s club.
Before jumping into the Formula One series in 2017, Russell competed first under the FIA Formula 3, the GP3, and FIA Formula 2. In 2017, he won the GP3 Championship title. The following year, he won the FIA Formula 2 Championship title.
The young racer made his practice debut under Formula One during the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2017 wherein he was driving for Force India. However, it was in October of 2018 when he was offered by William’s team a multi-year contract. There was a time in 2020 when he became a stand-in driver for Mercedes but later returned to Williams for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. At present, he is holding the 17th spot of the Formula One series and is still competing for Williams. In addition, he became the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association director in March 2021, replacing Romain Grosjean.
- 2018 FIA Formula 2 Champion
- 2017 GRP3 Series Champion
- 2015 BRDC Super Star
- 2014 BRDC Formula 4 Champion
- 2014 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award
Formula One Career Highlights
- 0 wins
- 8 podiums
- 1 pole position
- 237 career points
- 3 fastest laps